2013-05-17 / Community

HPD Offers Housing Edge For Sandy Victims

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew Wambua announced the latest housing development in construction to offer preference to income-eligible New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy.

Developed by CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., CAMBA Gardens will add a total of 209 units of affordable supportive housing to the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn through the City’s Supportive Housing Loan Program. In addition to providing housing for formerly homeless individuals and families residing in the building, the project will include 61 permanently affordable units reserved for low-income tenants. Ten percent of these 61 affordable units will be subject to the Sandy preference.

CAMBA Gardens is being developed as part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP). The NHMP is a multi-billion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing by the close of Fiscal Year 2014.

“It is more important than ever that we find new and creative ways to develop affordable housing for the City’s most vulnerable populations,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew Wambua. “This unique development uses underused public hospital property that will connect the residents to critical services and care. The preference for families displaced by the storm adds another layer of needed support to this development. With this preference we hope to make continued progress toward fulfilling the needs of those affected and on the road to recovery.”

CAMBA Gardens is currently accepting applications. Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only and must be postmarked by July 12th 2013. Qualified applicants will be required to meet income and family size guidelines and additional selection criteria. To request an application, mail a self-addressed envelope to CAMBA Gardens, P.O. Box 1166, New York, NY 10039, or download an application from www.camba.org/cambagardens.

Current and eligible residents of Brooklyn Community Boards 9 and 17 will receive preference for 50 percent of the units. King’s County Hospital Center employees will receive preference for 15 percent of the units. In addition, incomeeligible applicants who can document displacement by Hurricane Sandy and/or its related storms will receive preference for 10 percent of the units.

Located at 690 and 738 Albany Avenue on the Kings County Hospital Center campus in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, once completed, the new development will have a total of 209 units in two buildings. Each building at CAMBA Gardens will have a live-in super. There is a preference for qualified households displaced by Hurricane Sandy for 7 units in the building. The anticipated completion date for the development is fall of 2013.

The CAMBA Gardens project is a national model demonstrating a partnership between a public hospital, non-profit community developer, a social service provider and community stakeholders to redevelop underutilized hospital property into much needed affordable and sustainable housing. CAMBA Gardens is a sustainable neighborhood asset that connects tenants with healthcare, public transportation, local retail, and creates revenue for surrounding area businesses.

The City of New York requires that subsidized apartments be rented through an open lottery system to ensure fair and equitable distribution of housing to eligible applicants. Marketing of the apartments and the application process for the lottery typically begin when construction is approximately 70 percent complete. For more information regarding the lottery process, current housing lotteries, how to apply to an open lottery, and if you would like to receive an e-mail when HPD updates its available apartment and home website listings for City-subsidized housing in the five boroughs, please visit the Apartment Seekers and Homebuyers pages at www.nyc.gov.

The project was designed by Harden Van Arnam Architects.

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